CeraVe Cleansers: How to Pick the Best for Your Skin

, CeraVe Cleansers: How to Pick the Best for Your Skin

Acne Foaming Cream Wash (10% Benzoyl Peroxide) ($20)

Skin Type: Acne-Prone

Texture: Cream

Though this cleanser looks nearly identical to the product mentioned above, this formula contains 10 percent benzoyl peroxide versus 4 percent. Dr. Marchbein says 4 percent BPO is indicated for face only and 10 percent is considered maximum strength. “I think there is always a patient for both: 4 percent is great for those who are a little more sensitive and 10 percent is great for acne on the chest and back, and those who have really oily skin and aren’t as sensitive.”

“Benzoyl peroxide is one of my favorite acne-fighting ingredients because it is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, and it also treats blackheads. It’s also pregnancy-safe, versus salicylic acid, which isn’t. However, I recommend using this cleanser in the shower because benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabric. You can use it on your face, chest, back, tush—wherever you have acne.”

Because benzoyl peroxide can be drying on the skin, the brand combined it with ceramides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and glycerin. “My patients who have acne already have diminished levels of ceramides in their skin and a diminished skin barrier, so these amazing ingredients keep the skin balanced and healthy,” Dr. Marchbein adds, noting that it’s oil-free, pH-balanced and noncomedogenic as well. “You can also use this more than once a day if needed, like if you shower after the gym, and then again at night.”

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